News and Press Releases of DIW Berlin News and Press Releases en DIW Berlin Melissa Newham has successfully defended her dissertation ]]> Wed, 28 Apr 2021 01:49:00 +0200 New Report from Climate Friendly Materials Plattform has been published: Carbon Contracts for Difference. An assessment of selected socio-economic impacts for Germany

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 01:14:00 +0200
Pandemic delays upswing – Demography slows growth ]]> Thu, 15 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0200 SOEP-Core-Daten 1984-2019 (v36) available ]]> Mon, 12 Apr 2021 11:39:00 +0200 With regard to current events: Measures implemented at the DIW Berlin Due to the current developments regarding the spread of the Covid-19/Corona virus we will follow the recommendations of the authorities and reduce all social contact to a minimum, starting March 16, 2020, in order to protect all visitors and staff members.

Staff members of the DIW Berlin will, for the most part, have the possibility to work externally. All staff can still be reached via email as well as the usual landline and mobile telephone numbers. For media representatives the staff from our press office can also be contacted via the central email address

All scheduled internal and external events within the DIW Berlin, Mohrenstraße 58, will, for the time being, no longer take place. Individual smaller video and telephone conference opportunities may still take place. Should this be the case, the person responsible for the appointment will contact you directly.

Through the measures that are being implemented restrictions and temporal delays in the handling of internal or external matters may occur; we hope, however, to thus slow down the spread of the virus whilst remaining as active as possible.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

We will inform you on our website if there are changes due to current developments.

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 03:35:00 +0200
German Datenreport 2021 published ]]> Wed, 17 Mar 2021 03:04:00 +0200 SOEPcampus@Home: Online workshop March 25 and 26, 2021 Um neuen NutzerInnen und Interessenten auch in Zeiten von Corona den Einstieg in die Welt der SOEP-Daten zu erleichtern, bieten wir im März einen weiteren Online-Workshop an.

Aufbau, Datenstruktur, Ziehungsdesign und Gewichtungsstrategie des SOEP sowie sich daraus ergebende Analysepotentiale werden vorgestellt und anhand praktischer Beispiele veranschaulicht.

Der Workshop findet ganztägig an zwei Tagen statt. Weitere Informationen zur Workshopreihe sowie einen Registrierungslink finden Sie auf unser Website mit den SOEPcampus-Veranstaltungen.

Die Registrierung ist ab sofort möglich.

Mon, 15 Mar 2021 02:46:00 +0200
SOEPcampus@Home: Online workshop March 25 and 26, 2021 In order to facilitate novel user's access to the rich data-source of the SOEP, we will host another online-workshop in March.

The aim of the workshop is to familiarize novel users with the content and structure of the dataset, its potentials for social-scientific research and accompanying documentation matieral. Practical examples of data management will be discussed.

The workshop will last two days.

Further information and the link to the online-registration tool can be found on our SOEPcampus events website.

Mon, 15 Mar 2021 02:39:00 +0200
Continuing restrictions on SOEP research visits due to corona

Up to the end of August 2021, we are unfortunately unable to offer any free slots for the analysis of small-scale regional data at the SOEP Research Data Center, other than guest visits that have already been arranged.

Applications for self-financed short and longer-term research stays by researchers not using the small-scale regional data and/or applications for funding in the framework of the SOEP Visiting Young Scholar Program for 2022 are welcome.

Please contact Christine Kurka at for further information.

Fri, 12 Mar 2021 09:53:00 +0200
Continuing restrictions on SOEP research visits due to corona ]]> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 09:20:00 +0200 SOEP Research Data Center website relaunched ]]> Tue, 02 Mar 2021 11:49:00 +0200 Libra, Bitcoin & Co. – Determinants of Non-cash Payments and Alternative Money ]]> Thu, 18 Feb 2021 01:54:00 +0200 Call for Papers: CIDER-LERN Conference 2021 ]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2021 10:43:00 +0200 Holiday greetings from the SOEP - The current SOEPnewsletter The SOEPnewsletter December 2020 in it's html version.

Enjoy reading

Mon, 21 Dec 2020 01:42:00 +0200
Neuer Policy Brief von Climate Friendly Materials Plattform wurde veröffentlicht: Climate Contribution and its role in European industrial decarbonisation

Fri, 18 Dec 2020 10:53:00 +0200
Tomaso Duso: „Green light for Fitbit takeover by Google is regrettable“ The EU Commission has approved Google's acquisition of the fitness tracker manufacturer Fitbit. Here is a statement from competition economist Tomaso Duso, Head of the Firms and Markets Department at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin):

The fact that EU competition regulators have approved Google's acquisition of Fitbit is regrettable and sends an extremely bad signal for competition in digital markets in Europe. The warnings of many economists, data protectionists, legal scholars, and consumer organizations have thus been thrown to the wind. They have rightly warned that the takeover could harm consumers in health insurance and medical services and increase Google's dominant position in data.

The EU does not see this danger and the preliminary arguments are unconvincing: the warning of a competitive advantage for Google in digital healthcare is dismissed because "the field of digital healthcare is still nascent in Europe and many players are active in this field." But that is the problem: this sector is only just emerging and has the potential to become huge. Even a small chance for Google to monopolize it, or at least achieve a dominant position in the field, would have justified rejecting the acquisition. And that is not the only problematic point. It is true that there are a number of conditions and obligations, among others regarding the use of data,and these, in fact, have already been deemed particularly bold by some commentators. But first, these are very difficult to monitor, and second, in such a dynamic market, they may soon be overtaken by reality.

With its not very brave decision, the EU Commission has missed a great opportunity to remain a frontrunner in enforcing competition policy in digital markets. And we will have to keep waiting for a merger by the big tech companies, almost 1,000 in the last decade, to be blocked by an antitrust authority for the first time.
Thu, 17 Dec 2020 05:49:00 +0200
Marcel Fratzscher: „ECB sends signal that interest rates are likely to stay at currently low levels for the next years“ DIW president Marcel Fratzscher comments today’s announcements by the ECB as follows:

The ECB is focusing on continuity and trust in its decision to extend its purchase program and its liquidity program, so that both are unlikely to end before 2022. The most important message is the ECB's strong intention on keeping interest rates low for an extended period of time. The ECB grants itself ample flexibility to keep interest rates low also in the most affected countries by the pandemic and prevent further divergence in the euro area.

Extending such flexibility is wise as the risks to the economy and to financial stability are still substantial. The ECB cannot rule out that some banks in the euro area might get into difficulty. This would make it even more difficult for the ECB to fulfil its mandate sufficiently in the foreseeable future.

The ECB decision is a strong signal that interest rates are likely to stay at the currently low levels for the next five years. This could further boost asset prices, including equities and real estate. Whether the ECB can achieve its objective of keeping interest rates low and supporting the economy will, however, largely depend on the support by fiscal policy, both at the national level as well as the Next-Generation-EU program. The EU and Germany will have to change and improve their fiscal rules. Also Germany will most likely not be able to meet its own, narrow debt brake in 2022.
Thu, 10 Dec 2020 03:48:00 +0200
The EU Must Break the Brexit Deadlock ]]> Tue, 08 Dec 2020 04:29:00 +0200 Maximilian Schäfer has successfully defefended his dissertation ]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2020 07:17:00 +0200 Sabine Zinn appointed Professor at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin ]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2020 10:55:00 +0200